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[nahyt-fawl] /ˈnaɪtˌfɔl/
the coming of night; the end of daylight; dusk.
Origin of nightfall
1605-15; night + fall
twilight, sundown. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • WHEN your mother was alive were you ever out with her after nightfall in the streets of a great city?

    The New Magdalen Wilkie Collins
  • It was then about the twentieth hour, and I hoped to return by nightfall.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • Inside of an hour they could see Cavasa Island quite plainly, and by nightfall they were ready to enter the harbor.

    Dave Porter in the South Seas Edward Stratemeyer
  • With nightfall their hopes were realized, but only at a terrible cost to the man.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • At nightfall a sharp lookout was kept, not only on the palisade but from the top of the rajah's house.

British Dictionary definitions for nightfall


the approach of darkness; dusk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nightfall

1700; see night + fall (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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